Freeloaders: And we're free fallin' 

Free events Oct. 12-18

Charleston has finally packed away most of the street barricades from last week's deluge of rain, and guess what, folks — we've got a clear and sunny week coming up. (I know, we can't believe it either.) Now that y'all have wrung out your raincoats and dried the insides of your rain boots, head out to catch some rays at the free events in town. This week Charleston's got fall festivals and block parties galore. But don't leave your pooch at home, bring your four-legged friend to some of the pet-friendly events like Dogtoberfest and Yappy hour.


The Palace Hotel will host Boom Bap Sessions at 9:30 p.m. featuring live, improvised hip hop with Manny Houston, Alex Kellner, JT Rollerson, and Sheed Staggs.

The University School of the Lowcountry will be having an Open House from 6-7 p.m. to provide parents and students will an opportunity to find out more about the three-12 grade school.


Looking for a good read? Check out the Book Circle and Discussion at the Charleston County Main Library from 6-7:45 p.m. to discuss Marian Wright Edelamn's The Measure of Our Success with founder and CEO of Gullah Society, Inc, Dr. Ade Ofunniyin.

Take a Free Jewelry Class at Michael's Craft Store in West Ashley from 6:30-8:30 to learn how to make a sliding knot bracelet.

Local comedians will give guests an uncensored stand-up show at 8 p.m. for Cutty's Comedy Night.


Dress your furry friend in their scariest (or cutest) Halloween getup and bring them over to Bay Street Biergarten from 4-7 p.m. for a Yappy Hour costume contest and celebrate the last happy hour until spring.


Bring your canine friends out for another Yappy Hour at James Island County Park at 4 p.m. to enjoy live music, nice weather, and cold beer. The event is free with $2 park admission, but we think you can dig some quarters out from underneath the couch cushions.

Hear the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullers, speak at the Stern Center from 5-8 p.m. to honor LGBT African Americans.

Family Circle Magazine Stadium will host the Tie One On Pre-Race Party in preparation for the 22nd Annual Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure from 5-9 p.m. with food trucks, kids activities, live entertainment, and a special cancer survivors celebration.

Palmetto Brewing Co. welcomes Rodeo Clown: A String Band Tribute to the Grateful Dead for a free show, but let's be honest, you're going to want to throw back some brews, too.

Local artists will display work available for purchase at Carolina Eyecare Physicians from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the Vision is Art Reception. Light refreshments will be provided, and a portion of proceeds from sold artwork will benefit Operation Sight.

Kick back and enjoy complimentary wine, check out fine artwork, and listen to smooth jazz in the courtyard at Reinert Fine Art Gallery from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Nine artists will display a variety of artwork from acrylic paintings to jewelry to wire taxidermy from 6-9 p.m. at Gage Hall for the Charleston Art Explosion.

Susan Sanavandi's artwork inspired by the Persian poem Laili and Majnun will be open for viewing from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sanavandi Gallery.

This week's installment of Palmetto Brewing Co.'s Loading Dock Series features The Rough and Tumble, Midnight Snack, and Time Sawyer beginning at 6 p.m.

Get in the Halloween spirit with Ghostly Tide Tales on IOP at 28th Ave hosted by the IOP Rec Center from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pack your blankets, chairs, and flashlights for a night of creepy tales around a campfire.

Gospel singers and Christian artists unite at Olde Village Community Center for a Gospel Artist Showcase at 7 p.m.


Ted's Butcherblock is celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, block party style. From 11 a.m.-6 p.m. there will be a special menu, craft beer from Edmund's Oast, and live music all day long.

Get the whole family involved in National Wildlife Week with Sewee Visitor Center's Family Fishing Day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fishermen and women must bring their own tackle and bait.

Hurrah, Fall is finally here. Celebrate the arrival of autumn with the Edisto Fall Festival street fair on Jungle Road from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Give your pup a chance to participate in everyone's favorite fall holiday during Dogtoberfest at Freshfields Village from 1-5 p.m with a pet costume contest, live entertainment, wine and beer, and food trucks galore. Proceeds from the event will benefit a number of local pet rescue organizations.

Hope y'all have your Halloween get-ups ready for the North Charleston Harvest Fest and Block Party at the Olde Village Community Center. Party on from 2-8 p.m. with costume contests, craft booths, and loads of activities.

Looking for some live music this weekend? Check out Unplugged at Palmetto from 4-6 p.m.

Tua Lingua will host the Cinema Wasteland Art Show from 8 p.m.-midnight featuring the work of over 20 artists who have invented movies and created posters and artwork inspired by these fictional films.


East Cooper Schools will host Mt. Pleasant Children's Day at the Park West Recreation Complex from noon-5 p.m. Families can enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, wall-climbing, face painting, live music, and many more activities.

Interested in learning more about the art of Tarot card reading? The Charleston Area Tarot Society meets on the third Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. to discuss new decks and trade readings with each other at the Unity Church of Charleston.

Celebrate the Neighborhood House's 100 Years Young Celebration with Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach from 2-4 p.m.


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